Tag Archives: Intellectual Property


Another record year for the EPO

The EPO (European Patent Office) has for some time now enjoyed a close and very successful cooperation with Standards Developing Organisations (SDOs) with the ITU being a leading example in the telecommunications area. This fast moving and particularly successful high-technology industry has contributed significantly to the continued growth in filings at the EPO, which reached […]


Perspectives on the current patent wars in the ICT industry

As a specialized agency of the United Nations and international standard development organization with a mandate to connect the world, ITU relies on the existence of a healthy and robust standards ecosystem. ITU’s aim has always been, through the adoption of its RAND-based patent policy, to strike a working balance between the various interests of […]


WCIT and the tower of Babel

A key reason for the heated debate in relation to the International Telecommunications Regulations  (ITRs) at the next World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) is the problem that different parties are talking about different elements while using the same words. In the USA, the internet is regarded as an ‘information service’. For regulatory purposes, this includes […]


Patent roundtable seeks to provide a way forward

Yesterday the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a UN agency that co-developed (for one example) the H.264 video codec standard, held a patent roundtable to discuss the implications of widespread patent litigation in the wireless devices industry. Closed-door working group talks are continuing through Friday, and ITU officials noted at the press conference that the working group will […]